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2010 National Forum - Opportunities and Supports

Opportunities and Supports in Community Schools Sessions & Materials

Creating a New Day for Learning: Putting the "School" at the Center of Community Schools
San Francisco New Day for Learning is a school district-city-community collaboration working to integrate two strands of education reform: full service community schools and relevant learning environments for the 21st century. Join our discussion of barriers to integration, successful and not-so-successful strategies, and lessons learned in building a system of shared ownership for student engagement and success in school.

  • Margaret Brodkin and Jamie Harris, SF New Day for Learning, San Francisco, CA

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Taking Flight: An Innovative Public School and Head Start Partnership for Student Success
Learn about collaboration history, components of the outcome-based model, and data systems that track student achievement Pre-K through public school. Participants will create an initial road map to begin this process in their own community.

  • Kathleen J. Webster, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., Jamestown, NY
  • Judy Diem, Dunkirk City School District, Dunkirk, NY
  • Laurel B. Tague, Information Resources and Associates, Varysburg, NY

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Full Service Community Schools: A Platform for Successful Family Engagement
Learn the lessons from Year One of Full Service Community Schools implementation in Providence, RI, and how to successfully engage more families in school-based services. Join a lively discussion on communication strategies, evaluation of family engagement, and how community-based organizations can support districts through the community schools approach.

  • Rebecca Boxx, Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center, Providence, RI

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Planning and Design: Integrating Schools and Our Neighborhoods
Public places work best when they embrace a nexus of people, programs, and facilities that are in close proximity to one another, and stronger when created through community engagement with the residents and other stakeholders that use them every day. Learn about skillful combinations of public spaces that transcend the schools walls - integrating schools into the larger context of the neighborhood.

  • Steven B. Bingler and Bobbie P. Hill, Concordia, LLC, New Orleans, LA

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From Diapers to Diplomas: A Model for Supporting Lifelong Success through Community Collaboration
Gain insight into two initiatives in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Center for Family, School, and Community Partnerships: -- early childhood education and college access.

  • Valerie Bostick, Early Childhood Education, Evansville, IN
  • Channelle Ragland, Southwest Indiana College Access Network/Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville, IN

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Engaging Parents with a Focus on Achievement
The Center for Parent Leadership deliberately links parent engagement to student achievement. Learn to assess your school’s parent engagement efforts using a scoring guide from the Kentucky Commissioner’s Parent Advisory Council. Explore how parent leaders can help build community in their child’s school.

  • Beverly N. Raimondo and Nita Rudy, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington, KY

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School-Based Health Care 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Successful School-Based Health Center in a Community School
School-based health centers (SBHCs) are an effective partner in supporting community schools to improve the educational environment for students and families. Gain an overview of school-based health center characteristics across the United States; explore the nuts and bolts of starting a successful center; and discuss how centers operate within community schools.

  • Laura C. Brey, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC), Washington, DC

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Leveraging Mental Health Dollars Into Your School District
Why don’t more schools provide mental health services? Why don’t mental health providers routinely work in schools? This workshop will suggest a blueprint for how districts can leverage mental health dollars by making modifications in their practices. Based on a Robert Wood Johnson-funded school-based mental health demonstration project in Boston.

  • Nechama Katz and Lisa Baron, Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention, Roslindale, MA

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Beyond the Classroom: Addressing the Unmet Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Students
Immigrant and refugee students have different needs and teachers and programmers must be innovative in engaging them in academics and supporting activities. A typical response is to focus primarily on language acquisition, often overlooking challenges such as of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, family circumstances and cultural norms. Explore the statistics, case studies of student behavior and ways to help them overcome these challenges.

  • Eileen G. Kugler, Embrace Diverse Schools, Springfield, VA
  • Lua Masumi, Kate Gigler, and Mandy Hurley, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Portland, OR

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Developing Partnerships Between Public Health, Schools, And Communities To Support Student Success: A Case Study From King County, WA
Coordinated School Health (CSH) and Community Schools movements were ‘born’ in the early 1980’s. Both seek to improve well being of youth in schools. Become familiar with CSH, reasons and methods for integrating it into community schools, and results and lessons learned from two projects in King County, WA.

  • Carolyn J. Kramer, Full Service Community Schools, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, WA
  • Meagan M. Darrow, Community Schools Collaboration, SeaTac, WA

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International Quality Standards for Community Schools
Several countries use International Quality Standards set into a self-assessment framework to help schools capture best practice, build partnerships, and sharpen their focus on school improvement. Learn about the standards and how they introduce quality and rigor into community schools positively and productively.

  • Chris Jones, International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools, United Kingdom

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Moving From Parts to a Whole: Tools That Unite Partners Around A Whole Child Vision
Do your "community school" services operate separately from "regular school?" Are you committed to building innovative partnerships that unite all school constituents toward a common vision? Discover practical tools and techniques for uniting members of the school community around the common goal of supporting the whole child.

  • Jessica D. Cameron, Whole Child Initiative at ASCD, Alexandria, VA
  • Christina M. O’Guinn, Youth in the Middle, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (JGC) at Stanford University, CA

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Involving Parents, Schools, and Community Organizations in Creating a System of Care for Children
Discover how a family-based model program can create a system of care by bringing parents, schools, and community agencies together to create a supportive environment. Learn how to enhance efforts to improve health, academic achievement and create a sense of community belonging.

  • Pat Davenport, Families and Schools Together Inc., Madison, WI

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Collaborate to Innovate: Building Effective School-Community Partnerships for Service-Learning
How can educators inspire and support the emergence of community-based organizations as effective and sustainable partners in service and learning? Discover how to build a successful school-community partnership to enhance both the quality of education and the quality of life in a community.

  • Susan A. Abravanel, Youth Service America, Washington, DC
  • Brooke Tuveson, Metropolitan Family Service, Portland, OR

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KaBOOM! – Using Asset-Based Community Development to Build Play Spaces and Promote Play
The opportunity for play is essential for the physical, social, emotional and educational development of our children and for the health and well-being of our communities. Yet play is disappearing from children’s lives. Learn how KaBOOM! activates communities through playground building using an asset-based community development model.

Kiva R. Wilson and Danielle Marshall, KaBOOM!, Washington, DC


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